The Government has estimated that Benefit Fraud costs the country approximately £80 per household. We are taking positive steps to:
Our overall aim is to promote benefit take up for those who are entitled, whilst minimising the amount of fraud and error that enters the system.
Please find out more below:
Any of the people depicted here could be committing fraud, read to see which are most likely to be getting away with it:
|This lady might look professional and above suspicion, but experience proves that even the most innocent looking people could be committing benefit fraud. Remember most people are honest and claim their proper entitlement.|
|It is true that young people could be committing benefit fraud, but then potentially so could all the other groups depicted on this page. Remember most people are honest and claim their proper entitlement, but we need to be vigilant as anyone could be committing fraud.|
|We make no apologies for the stereotype, it is important to note that anyone could be committing benefit fraud, not just those who look like they might be. Remember most people are honest and claim their proper entitlement.|
|This chap might look innocent enough but pensioners also commit benefit fraud. Remember most people are honest and claim their proper entitlement, we need to be vigilant as anyone could be committing fraud.|
|This chap might look dubious but we need evidence of fraud. Remember most people are honest and claim their proper entitlement, but we need to be vigilant as anyone could be committing fraud.|
|There are professional gangs that make a good living out of Benefit Fraud but they may not look as obvious as this gang. Remember most people are honest and claim their proper entitlement but those who are committing fraud should be reported and dealt with.|
We have specialist teams of investigators and commit significant resources to Deterring, Preventing and Detecting Benefit Fraud.
Wherever possible we will recover the money that has been fraudulently claimed.
In addition we may impose the following sanctions:
Prosecution: In the courts, which could lead to a criminal conviction, fine or prison.
Administrative Penalty: 30% financial penalty plus repayment of the amount fraudulently obtained.
Formal Caution: Similar to a police caution.
Wherever possible when we catch a fraudster we will take them to court, which may result in:
It is very likely that you will be aware of information which could lead to the detection of fraud. It is even possible that you know someone who is claiming benefit they are not entitled to.
Please don't forget :
We cannot detect fraud effectively without your help, you are the person best placed to identify potentially fraudulent activity.
Many pensioners don't take up the benefits they are entitled to.
The Government would have another billion pounds to spend on pensioners and others that need assistance if together we cracked fraud.
We do a lot of work to catch fraudsters and already get high numbers of anonymous calls giving good quality information which leads to convictions in the courts.
But we cannot have our eyes and ears everywhere. If every honest citizen worked with us, together we could stamp out Benefit Fraud and ensure benefit is paid to the needy not the greedy.Don't bury your head in the sand, it is your money that is being stolen!
We investigate everything that is reported to us. The key issue regarding catching fraudsters is quality of information.
Remember our investigations can take some time and it is not always easy to see what action we are taking.
The law says we have to keep information about people confidential, so we cannot give progress reports to the person who reported the possible fraud.
Thank you for taking the time to view this information.
For more information on what we are doing to combat Benefit Fraud, visit our website or click on the link below to visit the DWP site.DWP Targeting Fraud Website
Focus on Fraud Awareness